MIchael's Unique Double
Mar 16, 2015
Saturday was a big day for Michael Kent Jnr whose recent run of success as a rider and trainer continued with a two-track double.
Kicking off the day with a winner at Woolamai, Michael rode his father's horse King Henry to his fourth win this year - the son of King Of Roses proving himself one of the toughest and most consistent horses on the picnic circuit.
Giving a good kick at the turn to salute by a soft 1 1/4 lengths, King Henry was the 17th success for the season for Michael who sits third in the Picnic Jockeys Premiership.
Just an hour after the success of King Henry Michael had his trainer's hat on as he cheered on family horse Big Baba Looey at Geelong.
Obviously unable to make it to the meeting, Michal was nevertheless thrilled that the horse bred by his Uncle Rod and raced by a number of relations was again in winning form having also been successful at Yarra Valley last month.
"It was a shame I couldn't be there but what a great day!" he enthused.
"I thought winning my first professional races as a trainer was my biggest thrill in racing but Saturday topped that. I had my Mum and grandparents at Woolamai cheering me on and we all watched Big Baba Looey's race together - it was extremely special."
"My Aunty always straps him so she took him to Geelong along with my girlfriend (Jennie Osterberg) and my other grandparents - we had family everywhere!"
Michael is enjoying both riding and training, but gains a greater sense of satisfaction from the latter.
"You get a greater thrill training a winner than riding a winner because you share the journey with the horse. You are there when they come in from the paddock fat and woolly and then work with them, seeing their improvement."
"When they cross the line first you know that all the time and work you have put in has paid off."
Thanks to www.picnicracing.com.au for the photo.